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Friday, January 20th, 2012


Planning an African Safari: When is the best time to go?

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Migration time

With expert advice, it is possible to plan an unforgettable African safari at nearly any time of year. That being said, each country, and specific regions within each country, have high seasons and low seasons, and varying highlights at different times of year. If you’ve been contemplating a safari in Africa, the following is a primer to help you get figure out that most common of questions: When is the best time to go?

Best time to go to Botswana: Year-round; June-October for easiest wildlife viewing

The classic safari route from Maun, Botswana to Livingstone, Zambia threads through the famed Okavango Delta to the Linyanti/Selinda reserves, and ends in the vicinity of Victoria Falls just over the Zambezi River in Zambia. For this itinerary, the best game viewing is from June-October, but really the game viewing is very good year-round in these regions, and we can help you select the very best places to go based on your specific dates.

Best time to go to Kenya: Year-round; July-September for the Great Migration

Kenya is a year round destination and has many highlights to offer visitors throughout the year. In January and February the animals gather around water sources, making for easy game viewing. There are also large concentrations of bird life on some of the Rift Valley lakes around this time. From July to September the famous wildebeest migration is traditionally present in the Masai Mara. The incredible migration only happens in East Africa, and around this time the grasslands of the Masai Mara are often covered by massive herds of migrating wildebeest as far as the eye can see. For those who want to extend their safari with some time at the beach, October to January is also a good time for snorkeling and diving off the coast.

Best time to go to Namibia: Year-round; June-October for peak game viewing in Etosha

Namibia is a year round destination with coastal areas offering excellent game-viewing all year. Mainly comprised of the Namib desert — the oldest desert on the planet and one of the driest on earth — Namibia offers unique desert-adapted wildlife, landscapes of startling beauty, and well-preserved Himba culture.

Best time to go to the Republic of the Congo: December-February and May-October

The Republic of the Congo is a small Central African country that is not to be confused with the larger, and currently unsafe for travel, Democratic Republic of Congo (or DRC, formerly known as Zaire). Enjoying peace since a cease-fire ended a civil conflict in 2003, this country is slowly developing its tourism infrastructure. Although facilities are limited, there are some very exciting developments happening in the Odzala-Kokoua National Park, where Western Lowland Gorilla trekking is offered with several distinct advantages over gorilla trekking in more traditional places like Uganda or Rwanda.

Best time to go to South Africa: Year-round; July-November for peak game viewing in Kruger’s private reserves

South Africa can be a year round destination with careful planning. In addition to great game-viewing opportunities (particularly in the private reserves bordering Kruger National Park, such as Mala Mala), South Africa offers diverse adventures and an important cultural heritage. A stay in Cape Town is a worthy addition to any safari in Southern Africa.

Best time to go to Tanzania: December-April (Migration in the Southern Serengeti) or July-October (Migration in the Western Corridor and Northern Serengeti)

Tanzania is a year round destination. Due to its close proximity to the equator there are only subtle climatic variations throughout the year. Generally the coastal areas have a tropical climate, the highlands in the north a temperate climate and the vast central plateau is hot and arid. The great migration arrives in the southern Serengeti by December, and during February and March the wildebeest give birth to their young in the southern Serengeti.

Best time to go to Zambia: July-October

The national parks and private reserves in Zambia are best for wildlife viewing during the traditional safari-going months of July-October. A visit to the Zambian side of Victoria Falls (Livingstone) is best during the high-flow months of February-May, but due to its proximity to the prime safari areas in Botswana, an overnight or two in Livingstone to see the falls and have a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River is a worthwhile add-on at any time of year.

Best time to go to Zimbabwe: July-October

The national parks in Zimbabwe are best for wildlife viewing during the traditional safari-going months of July-October. Walking and canoeing opportunities abound with Zimbabwe boasting some of the most experienced walking safari guides on the continent. Zimbabwe is a great choice for an adventurous safari that will get you up close and into the wilderness!

For more safari planning advice, see www.boundless-safaris.com, or call 1-800-941-8010 to speak with a Boundless Journeys Africa Specialist today.

About Boundless Journeys
Boundless Journeys is an award-winning small group adventure tour operator. With a diverse collection of locally guided, small group itineraries and Private Collection trips around the world, Boundless Journeys offers “The World’s Great Adventures.” The adventure trips for 2-16 guests are active, ranging from leisurely cultural explorations and wildlife safaris to challenging trekking ― with plenty of easy to moderate walking and sea kayaking in between.

Lonely Planet Names Top 10 Countries to Visit in 2011

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Friday, November 5th, 2010

From their new book, Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2011, the editors at this renowned publication have compiled the best in atmosphere, cuisine, culture, and adventure into a list of the Top 10 Countries to visit in the upcoming year. As always, we like to highlight destinations in our collection that are included in these coveted lists, so take a look below to see how you can make a spectacular travel choice in 2011 with Boundless Journeys.

ITALY

“Italy is a beguiling, beautiful, charismatic mess…one of the world’s most magnificent places to be. The food is delicious, sunshine is plentiful, scenery and towns are sublime, and there is millennia-worth of art to look at. There are 44 Unesco World Heritage Sites here, more than in any other country.”

To join Boundless Journeys on an exploration of Italy that will exercise the soul as well as the soles, check out:

Italy: A Taste of Tuscany & Umbria

Italy: Ancient Sicily

TANZANIA

“It’s true, Tanzania is a place of great marvels – Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar… But that’s not all. It also has great herds of elephants in Ruaha, tree-climbing lions around Lake Manyara, chimpanzee sanctuaries in Gombe and Mahale and packs of wild dogs in Selous. There are also sunsets on the Rufiji River, when the water boils with hippos and crocodiles. In fact, the country has the whole panoply of east Africa’s wildlife – including such rarities as the red colobus monkey, black rhino, hawksbill and leatherback turtles and Pemba flying foxes – concentrated in an unrivalled collection of parks and reserves. So you think you’ve seen it all? We’re betting Tanzania still has a surprise or two for you.”

A trip to East Africa is indeed an adventure that changes your outlook on life – let Boundless Journeys assist you in your experience by choosing one of the following itineraries:

Tanzania: Migration Safari

Tanzania: Beyond the Serengeti

Tanzania: Beyond the Serengeti Private Safari


About Boundless Journeys

Boundless Journeys is an award-winning small group adventure tour operator, selected as one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” by National Geographic ADVENTURE, February 2009; and a “World’s Best” tour operator by Travel + Leisure, August 2009.

With a diverse collection of locally guided, small group itineraries and Private Collection trips around the world, Boundless Journeys offers “The World’s Great Adventures.” The adventure trips for 2-16 guests are active, ranging from leisurely cultural explorations and wildlife safaris to challenging trekking in remote regions ― with plenty of easy to moderate walking and sea kayaking in between.

Tanzania’s Great Rift Valley

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Monday, August 2nd, 2010
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The Great Rift Valley

Using ‘great’ as the adjective to describe this natural wonder underplays its true size: At a little more than 3,700 miles in length, this fissure in the ground runs north from Mozambique, all the way to Lebanon. The Earth’s surface comprises tectonic plates, which inevitably meet. It’s at these junctions where life is born. Where plates overlap springs molten lava, gushing from fissures at sea through remote island volcanoes. Where plates meet on land, nearby regions are intensely fertile: their sulfur-rich soils supporting life, and attracting animal and human settlers since the earliest of days.

As these gigantic shifting structures met, they divided into the Ethiopian and Kenyan rifts, and again into Eastern and Western rifts, around the dense Tanzanian craton. It’s little surprise then that Tanzania is home to such natural beauty as that found on the wild plains of the Serengeti. It is claimed that American hunter, Stewart Edward White was the first westerner to discover this region, and when he did, he said: “We walked for miles over burnt out country… Then I saw the green trees of the river, walked two miles more and found myself in paradise”.

Home to an ecosystem that helped support the oldest recorded human existence, Serengeti has long attracted naturalists and explorers. Thankfully, it is a place well protected by UNESCO and is divided into carefully monitored national parks. Also under the watchful eye of conservationists is the Ngorongoro crater, at the Serengeti’s eastern edge. Surrounded by steep mountain walls, this region has evolved in the center of a collapsed volcano and is seemingly boundless in its natural diversity. It’s here the daily struggle for existence between lion and wildebeest, and cheetah and gazelle can be observed. At the same time, on the Serengeti Plain the Maasai tribe continues to herd its cattle, close to the Olduvai Gorge and the cradle of humanity.

Tanzania: Migration Safari – Here, everything that is Africa converges in a beautiful display. This Tanzania safari follows the migration of the great herds of the Serengeti from our luxurious tented camps. Join our December, 2010 Charity Event safari for an important opportunity to have your adventure make a positive difference in the lives of the local people.

Tanzania: The Best of East Africa – Experience some of the most epic landscapes and wildlife on the planet – the Great Rift Valley, the Ngorongoro Crater, and the vast Serengeti.

Tanzania: Beyond the Serengeti – Any Tanzania safari must delve into the rich wildlife of the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But this safari also takes you beyond these places, to discover the private Loliondo game reserve and its local Maasai people, and the great elephant herds of Tarangire National Park.

About Boundless Journeys

Boundless Journeys is an award-winning small group adventure tour operator, selected as one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” by National Geographic ADVENTURE, February 2009; and a “World’s Best” tour operator by Travel + Leisure, August 2009.

With a diverse collection of locally guided, small group itineraries and Private Collection trips around the world, Boundless Journeys offers “The World’s Great Adventures.” The adventure trips for 2-16 guests are active, ranging from leisurely cultural explorations and wildlife safaris to challenging trekking in remote regions ― with plenty of easy to moderate walking and sea kayaking in between.

Ten phrases to take on Safari in Tanzania

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Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Whether it’s during a Tanzania safari or just on general travel to Tanzania, every traveler should have mastered some of the local language before they arrive.

Tanzania Safari Language Tips

Habari (Hello)

There are always certain phrases that will prove invaluable when traveling. That said, it’s not always easy, but it can be just plain rude to leave without learning the simplest of greetings. In most countries, even the attempt to converse in your host’s language is enough to earn their respect. As travelers we owe it to the people of whichever country we visit, to speak, where possible, in their language. So, for people packing their gear before a Tanzania vacation, here are a few useful phrases to help you on your way, and links to the most informative sites we can find.

Tanzania – Spoken languages are English and Swahili -also known as Kiswahili, of which there are more than 120 local dialects.

Ten handy Swahili phrases:

Hello/ How are you? – Habari/ Hujajambo? (informal).

My name is… What’s your name? – Ninaitwa… Wewe unaitwaje?

Thank You – Asante

Good to meet you – Nafurahi kukuona

I’m from the United States of America. Where are you from? – Ninatokea Marekani. Wewe unatokea wapi?

I can / can’t speak Swahili – Ninaweza kusema Kiswahili /Siwezi kusema Kiswahili.

I am traveling – Ninasafiri.

One language is never enough – Lugha moja haitoshi

Goodbye! – Kwaheri!

Goodbye! I’m pleased to meet you – Kwaheri! Nimefurahi kukutana na wewe.

Useful resources:

The Five College Center for the Study of World Languages offers video tutorials and translations. It covers basic communications, shopping and services, culture and social life and transportation.

http://www.umass.edu/fclang/

This Swahili language page also has useful language and cultural resources.

http://www.glcom.com/hassan/lessons/useful_swahili_words.html

Perhaps the most authoritative sources are Yale University’s Kamusi Project and Columbia University’s African Studies pages.

http://www.kamusiproject.org/en

http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/indiv/africa/cuvl/swahili.html


About Boundless Journeys

Boundless Journeys is an award-winning small group adventure tour operator, selected as one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” by National Geographic ADVENTURE, February 2009; and a “World’s Best” tour operator by Travel + Leisure, August 2009.

With a diverse collection of locally guided, small group itineraries and Private Collection trips around the world, Boundless Journeys offers “The World’s Great Adventures.” The adventure trips for 2-16 guests are active, ranging from leisurely cultural explorations and wildlife safaris to challenging trekking in remote regions ― with plenty of easy to moderate walking and sea kayaking in between.

Tanzania Safari Charity Event

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Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Boundless Journeys is organizing our annual Charity Event Trip, and we’d like to invite you join us December 20-29, 2010 for a Tanzania safari to benefit the Foundation for African Medicine and Education (FAME; www.fameafrica.org).

Simply by joining this unique adventure, you will make a difference in the lives of the people you will meet. A portion of your trip cost will be donated to FAME to assist them in their important mission to bring essential medical care to a population that is seriously underserved. A similar event in 2008 resulted in Boundless Journeys donating $6,000 to our friends at FAME.

To learn more about FAME:

On our Annual Charity Event Safari guests will experience:

  • The epic landscapes of Tanzania – the Great Rift Valley, the Ngorongoro Crater, and of course, the plains of the Serengeti.
  • A remarkable variety of Africa’s legendary wild animals, including the “Big Five” – elephant, black rhino, lion, leopard, and buffalo – and the wildebeest migration.
  • The rich culture of the Maasai, who welcome us into their homes to introduce us to their traditions.
  • Experienced naturalist guides who will greatly enhance your safari.
  • Comfortable inns, deluxe tented camps, and grand African lodges make our accommodations as memorable as the wildlife.
  • Meet the founders of the Foundation for African Medicine and Education and learn their inspiring story.

Want to learn more?
Please take a moment to review our Tanzania: Migration Safari page and call Karen Cleary, Africa Destination Manager, with questions at 1-800-941-8010. It is very important to plan well ahead of time (five months or more!) as international flights into Arusha, Tanzania are limited and often sells out months ahead of time.

To make your reservation, simply call 1-800-941-8010, or request a reservation online at www.boundlessjourneys.com.

Whether you come for the wildlife, the scenery, or to help make a difference in the lives of local people, this remarkable journey is sure to stay with you long after you leave Tanzania. I hope you will join us!

About Boundless Journeys

Boundless Journeys is an award-winning small group adventure tour operator, selected as one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” by National Geographic ADVENTURE; and a “World’s Best” tour operator by Travel + Leisure.

With a diverse collection of locally guided, small group itineraries and Private Collection trips around the world, Boundless Journeys offers “The World’s Great Adventures.” The adventure trips for 2-16 guests are active, ranging from leisurely cultural explorations and wildlife safaris to challenging trekking in remote regions ― with plenty of easy to moderate walking and sea kayaking in between.

Botswana Safari News, Black Rhino

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Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Botswana_mombo_rhinoGood news from Botswana! Boundless Journeys’ Botswana safari guests now have even more to look forward to… on September 26th, wildlife monitors reported the birth of a Black Rhino in the wild; an unusual occurrence for the species that was only reintroduced to Botswana in 2003. In 1992, Black Rhinos where sadly considered “locally extinct” in Botswana. Efforts by Boundless Journeys’ partner, Wilderness Safaris, have seen the species reintroduced to Chiefs Island in the renowned Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana’s Okavango Delta. The birth of this rhino baby in the wild bodes very well for their continued success in reclaiming a place in the amazing Okavango Delta ecosystem.

While rhinos remain difficult to spot, and a sighting is considered very lucky, there are many species one can easily expect to see on an African safari, including the remaining four of the Big Five of African wildlife: lions, elephants, leopard, and buffalo. Boundless Journeys offers both scheduled Botswana safaris, as well as private and customized trips. Not sure which African safari is right for you? Consider these tips in making your choice:

Tanzania: Migration Safari; Tanzania offers a wonderful blend of culture and wildlife, all amid some of the most epic landscapes on earth. Tanzania is also the perfect choice if you are interested in doing some camping but would also enjoy the comforts of a lodge, as our Tanzania safaris offer a nice mix of accommodation style. Choose a summer departure if you have particular interest in elephants, or go in February or March to see thousands of wildebeest babies.

Botswana: Wilderness Safari; Choose Botswana for its diverse wildlife and luxurious camps, connected by bush flights. Being in the Okavango Delta allows for a variety of activities in addition to traditional game drives, including mokoro canoeing, game tracking walks, and boat trips on the mighty Zambezi River.

Namibia: Desert Flying Safari; While not as prolific for game as Botswana or Tanzania, Namibia offers unusual wildlife (desert-adapted elephants and rhino, and remarkable insect and bird life) and unusual geology, with expansive deserts and salt pans, as well as the unique culture of the Himba people. Namibia makes a wonderful extension to Botswana safaris, or a great stand-alone destination for the true safari lover.

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Planning an African Safari

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Monday, July 13th, 2009

Planning an African Safari can present may challenges, and may seem overwhelming for those who would like to take this trip of a lifetime. There is much to consider, so we thought this recent article could provide a few basic tips on how to get started. Don’t let the fear of not knowing how to begin prevent you from this incredible experience.

IndependentTraveler.com, July 9, 2009

African SafariAn African safari is a true adventure — a journey crafted in the tradition of wealthy 13th-century traders who first hunted the plains of Africa for wild game trophies to hang on their walls. Today, travelers hunt for photo opportunities instead of occasions to kill, but they encounter the same scenes that have fascinated explorers throughout history: thousands of zebras migrating across emerald grasslands, flocks of florescent flamingos creating a field of color across a shining soda lake, lions feasting on a hard-earned kill.

Many travelers trek to Africa in search of the “big five”: buffalo, lions, leopards, elephants and rhinoceroses. The chance to get close to these animals in their natural habitats is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but your trip to the Africa is anything but a trip to the zoo. Safaris can be physically taxing and strenuous, and you may not see all the animals you expected. Since most safari destinations are in developing sub-Saharan nations, travelers must take certain safety and health precautions. If you’re planning a safari (or just dreaming about it), be as prepared as possible. Get some good guidebooks, talk to friends who’ve been to Africa and research, research, research. We’ve outlined some important safari basics, from choosing a destination to getting vaccinated, to help you start planning a successful African adventure.

Types of Safaris
For the most part, safaris are a costly kind of vacation. But as with any other type of travel, you can tailor your safari to suit your personal budget. The length of your safari will affect its cost — although you may want to cut your trip short to save cash, the longer you stay, the less you will probably pay on a per-night basis. If you’re looking for luxury digs on your safari (or even just hot water and a comfy bed), prepare to pay more. Budget-minded adventurers should seek self-drive or overland safaris (see below) as opposed to all-inclusive package tours — but be prepared to camp in tents or navigate a 4×4 through the African bush. If you’re traveling alone, you will probably have to pay a single supplement, as most package pricing is based on double occupancy.

Luxury Safaris
Botswana Luxury SafariA luxury safari offered by a well-known tour operator typically costs thousands of dollars per person, per week, with all-inclusive prices covering tours, food, drinks and excursions. Fully catered luxury packages offer travelers the comforts of home in wild Africa. Accommodations range from air-conditioned suites to stylish tents (you’ll feel almost like you’re camping — aside from the hot running water, rich linens and first-rate service). Ultra-luxurious safari lodges can cost over $1,000 a night.


Overland or Mobile Safaris

Overland (also known as mobile) safaris are generally the cheapest type of organized tour safari. An overland safari will involve campsite accommodations, and you will most likely travel in a group with other travelers. Overland safaris are usually participatory –

Self-Drive
Pick a public game park, rent a car and tour the African bush on your own! Since self-drive safaris are only possible in public parks that usually have paved roads and signs, you need not worry about getting lost in the plains of Africa or becoming food for a hungry lion. For the cheapest possible safari, self-drive is your best bet. You can pay for a la carte for meals, tours and accommodations, enabling you to opt for the most inexpensive lodging you can find or tour the bush on your own instead of hiring a guide.

One potential drawback of a self-drive safari is that without a knowledgeable local guide, you may miss some wildlife. To remedy this problem, read guidebooks on spotting wildlife in your destination, bring a field guide or stop and ask other travelers where they’ve seen the best game (this is easier to do in the popular public parks).

When to Go
Africa is an immense continent with safari opportunities available across thousands of miles, so the best time to travel to Africa depends on your specific destination. Overall, it’s best (but most expensive) to travel in the dry season, which corresponds with the region’s winter. Since safari destinations are in the Southern Hemisphere, their seasons run opposite of North America. Winter is from June to September, and summer is from December to March.

Where to Go
Each country in Africa is different. We acknowledge that it is impossible to capture the spirit and culture of an entire country in one paragraph, but below is a brief overview of some popular African safari destinations to get you started. The best and most popular areas in Africa for safaris are East and Southern Africa, which offer vast plains and roaming packs of extraordinary beasts.

East Africa
Tanzania SafarisTanzania: Tanzania houses part of the Serengeti National Park — the best park in which to see great herds of wildlife in Africa. Other noteworthy sites include Mount Kilimanjaro, marine parks off the coast and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, site of the Ngorongoro Crater and Oldupai Gorge (also known as the Cradle of Mankind). The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the largest volcanic craters on earth. Over 30,000 animals live in the crater; it has the densest lion population in the world.


Southern Africa

Botswana SafarisBotswana: Probably the most expensive destination in Africa due to the government’s push for high-end tourism, Botswana has smaller crowds than most other safari destinations, and is a common locale for luxury packages. See wildlife in game reserves such as Chobe National Park, famous for an abundance of elephants, or Moremi Wildlife Reserve, which offers plenty of the famous “big five.” You can also visit the Okavango Delta in Botswana — look for crocodiles, buffalo, zebras, hippos and many other animals in the delta’s tangled waterways and islands.

Namibia SafarisNamibia: Namibia is under the radar for many safari travelers — expect less upscale game parks — and is dotted with incredible natural wonders from the Fish River Canyon to the Namib Desert. You’ll find over 100 species of mammals in Etosha National Park, including endangered animals like the black rhinoceros. Desert elephants and zebra roam the arid landscapes of Skeleton Coast National Park in Nambia — the driest place in Africa.


Visas and Vaccines
Of course, you’ll need a passport to travel to Africa. But for some countries, like Tanzania, you will need a visa too. Visit the State Department Web site for more information on visa requirements. Apply for a visa at least two months before your departure date.

Find a doctor who specializes in travel health care and tell him or her about your African travel plans, or visit a travel clinic. You’ll need to get certain immunizations before heading to Africa. Malaria is common there, but there is no vaccine for the disease. You can protect yourself from malaria by taking an anti-malaria treatment or avoiding mosquitoes; use a mosquito-repellent spray and mosquito nets. You will need a yellow fever vaccination for travel to East and Southern Africa. Other vaccinations you may need include Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Typhoid. Visit the Centers for Disease Control’s Web site for destination-specific health information.

Staying Safe
You may imagine that hungry crocodiles or packs of ravenous lions are the biggest dangers on safari. The truth is that humans rarely get attacked by wild animals, but they routinely fall victim to safari scams, dehydration and illness, or crime while traveling to Africa.

Scams
When selecting a package, beware of safari scams. Research your prospective safari package provider; ask them for references and if they belong to professional organizations. And keep in mind that if something is too good to be true (like a $50-per-night safari in luxury bungalows), it’s likely a scam. Finally, always be aware of your package provider’s cancellation policy (or lack thereof)!

Staying Healthy
Safaris can be physically strenuous and mentally taxing. Travelers to Africa are at risk for dehydration while on safari; your body may not be accustomed to the hot sun and dry air of the bush and you may not even realize that you’re becoming dehydrated. Drink lots of water! For more on staying fit and healthy on your travels, read our guide to health care abroad.

Politics and Crime
Political unrest is an unfortunate fact of life for many African nations. Crime and violence plague many African cities, so even if you’re safe on a remote safari in the bush, you may run into problems on either end of your safari. When traveling to populated areas, familiarize yourself with local customs and take measures to keep your money and valuables safe. And always check State Department advisories before planning a trip to another country.

Insurance
Since you will be in a remote location and will probably be spending a significant amount of money on a safari, travel insurance is virtually a necessity on an African safari. (Many safari tour operators actually require customers to purchase travel insurance in order to reserve a package.) Be sure to look for emergency care coverage and financial protection when booking your policy. For more information, read our guide to travel insurance.

About Boundless Journeys
- Selected as one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” by National Geographic Adventure, February 2009
- Selected as a Top 10 Tour Operator in the World by Travel & Leisure, August 2009

If diversity of adventure is what you are seeking, Boundless Journeys has trips to satisfy your most imaginative spirit. Offering worldwide adventure tours, featuring experiences ranging from wilderness treks to cultural journeys, we always find the hidden gems of each destination. Small group or private itineraries, memorable accommodations, and expert local guides define the signature Boundless Journeys adventure travel experience.

To get started planning an African Safari with Boundless Journeys check out the options at Boundless Journeys’ African Safaris.

A Time for Giving Back: Peru Charity Event

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Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Boundless Journeys’ Annual Charity Event, An Ideal Way to Help Those in Need

Peru and Machu Picchu Charity EventAt a time when many avid travelers are scaling back due to guilt brought on by the impression that adventure travel is indulgent and insensitive to others who may be struggling to get by, Boundless Journeys’ annual charity event offers the ideal solution: incorporating meaningful community service into an amazing travel adventure.

Boundless Journeys is offering its August 2-9, 2009 Peru: The Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu trip as a special charity event to benefit the Instituto Machu Picchu and a community school in the village of Huanca. This 2009 event follows our successful 2008 event, a Tanzanian safari benefitting the Foundation for African Medicine and Education (FAME). The 2008 charity event trip resulted in a donation of $6,000 to FAME and the participation of 10 Boundless Journeys clients in a well-child check at a Karatu, Tanzania orphanage.

Peru and Machu Picchu Charity EventEach year, hundreds of thousands of people visit Peru and its iconic archeological site, Machu Picchu. Peru is truly one of the world’s great travel destinations, but very few visitors get off the beaten path and truly connect with the people and places they are there to experience. As Karen Cleary, Peru Trip Manager notes, “It is part of Boundless Journeys’ mission to plan an annual charity event trip as one aspect of our commitment to sustainable tourism. The Huanca community school is in need of renovation and restoration. Our donation to the project of approximately $4,900 USD, plus the time our guests will spend working, will allow the community to accomplish this important goal.”

Along with the popular walking and hiking tour including important sites in the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, Boundless Journeys guests who participate in the August 2-9 charity event will have the opportunity to:

  • Spend a day working side by side with Huanca villagers, assisting electricians, carpenters, painters, and masons to complete the community school renovation project (no construction experience is necessary, just a desire to help out and a willingness to get a little dirt under your nails).
  • Spend the night camping in the Huanca community, giving participants time to get to know the villagers better, and enjoying a traditional party to celebrate the completion of the project.

Group size is limited to 16, and reservations are currently being taken for Boundless Journeys’ Peru: The Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu charity event. The August 2-9, 2009 trip cost is $4295 per person (not including international airfare).

For more information please call toll-free 1-800-941-8010, or e-mail Peru destination manager Karen Cleary.

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